Russell Sage College is a distinctive academic community: a small, professionally oriented college, where individuals count and are consistently challenged to develop their strengths, self-confidence, and autonomy. Academic standards are high at Russell Sage, as students learn to think critically, make sound value judgments, and develop a love of learning that will be theirs for life. Study in both the professional and liberal arts provides excellent preparation for successful careers and contributive lives.
Sage students benefit from recent research. Students tend to do well in an environment valuing collaborative teaching and learning. Small classes and a college philosophy that emphasizes active learning and discussion foster such an environment here.
Interdisciplinary core courses required as part of the comprehensive general education program assist students in gaining an understanding of the status, conditions, and contributions of women around the world. Courses enable students to see themselves as potential agents for change, whether locally or globally, in the world beyond Sage.
Highly credentialed, talented, and caring faculty members are teachers first and foremost, but they are also authors, researchers, and leaders in their fields of study and practice. They encourage, challenge, and support students and provide programs of study that systematically connect the classroom to the world beyond the campus.
College programs have reflected the RSC motto, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” since the college’s inception in 1916. Knowledge becomes valuable as it becomes action; RSC stresses the importance of practical experiences as a crucial component of the learning process. Russell Sage offers internships at more than 900 locations in New York and New England, with internship opportunities also available overseas. Sage students learn and work in hospitals, social service agencies, laboratories, courtrooms, museums, and art centers, as well as for newspapers, department stores, the New York State Legislature, state agencies, television and radio stations, banks, law enforcement agencies, schools, and halfway houses. Many students also collaborate with professors on original research. Some students present the results of their research at national meetings or publish in refereed journals.
Another hallmark of Russell Sage is the strong connection between undergraduate and graduate study. Several programs, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing, offer accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s or bachelor’s to doctorate options. Any student at Russell Sage with an academic record that qualifies her for graduate entry may develop an individualized plan to combine undergraduate and graduate degrees. Russell Sage also offers joint degrees with other institutions, including a 3-3 program with Albany Law School.